Fire Officer – Colts Neck Fair http://coltsneckfair.com/ Thu, 11 Aug 2022 05:11:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://coltsneckfair.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-1.png Fire Officer – Colts Neck Fair http://coltsneckfair.com/ 32 32 Fire department hires new deputy chief | Town https://coltsneckfair.com/fire-department-hires-new-deputy-chief-town/ Thu, 11 Aug 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/fire-department-hires-new-deputy-chief-town/ Retirements and resignations at the Marco Island Fire Department have left openings for new hires and promotions. The city advertised these positions inside and outside the department. One of the vacancies was created by the departure of Deputy Chief David Batiato in July this year, after nearly 32 years in the ministry. Batiato, who served […]]]>

Retirements and resignations at the Marco Island Fire Department have left openings for new hires and promotions. The city advertised these positions inside and outside the department.

One of the vacancies was created by the departure of Deputy Chief David Batiato in July this year, after nearly 32 years in the ministry. Batiato, who served as second in command, began his career in 1991.

When the department sought to replace Deputy Chief Batiato, it sought someone with similar skills to help Fire Chief Chris Byrne. Byrne returned to the department after retiring from that same position.

Byrne replaced Chief Michael Murphy upon his retirement after serving Marco Island for 20 years. Chief Byrne served as Deputy Chief under Murphy for several years and understands what is needed for the position.

No one within the department applied for the deputy chief position, which forced human resources to advertise it outside the department. Numerous applications were received prior to the interview process before the position was offered to Battalion Chief Matthew Marshall of the City of Cape Coral.

Marshall has worked in the fire department for over 20 years, most of which with the Cape Coral Fire Department. Deputy Chief Marshall sits on many Hazardous Materials Committees in the State of Florida, is a Certified Paramedic, Fire Officer 2, Live Fire Instructor, Fire Services Instructor, and Task Force Leader . Marshall is also the only certified trainer for E-Plan, an online copyrighted software database for hazardous materials developed and maintained by the University of Texas-Dallas.

Marshall said that as a young man growing up in southern New Jersey, he always had a strong desire to work in the fire service. He moved to Florida to attend college, and by the time he reached his 20th birthday, he was hired for a job in Haines City, Florida. When Cape Coral announced an opening in its fire department, he applied. He got the job and started his career in the fire service.

When asked to reflect on his time in the fire service, Marshall spoke about his deployment in the catastrophic building collapse of the Surfside Condominium complex in North Dade County. Marshall was deployed with Florida Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Team 6.

In June, the Marco Island Fire Department held a “walk-in” ceremony at the interim fire headquarters for Deputy Chief Marshall and new Fire Marshal Jennifer Pierce. Pierce will be featured in a future Coastal Breeze News article.

Marshall is married and has three young children.

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Gamewell Fire Department remembers Chief Sam Smith https://coltsneckfair.com/gamewell-fire-department-remembers-chief-sam-smith/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 13:19:17 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/gamewell-fire-department-remembers-chief-sam-smith/ Gamewell Fire Chief Sam Smith – servant, chief, firefighter, teacher, family man – spent 40 years in the fire service working in paid and unpaid positions and teaching fire science while continuing to love his family and to give back to his church and community. “Smith was a dedicated servant and left a legacy of […]]]>

Gamewell Fire Chief Sam Smith – servant, chief, firefighter, teacher, family man – spent 40 years in the fire service working in paid and unpaid positions and teaching fire science while continuing to love his family and to give back to his church and community.

“Smith was a dedicated servant and left a legacy of service to many of the men and women who now serve in the fire service – a true full circle of service,” said the vice chairman of the County Board of Commissioners. Caldwell, Mike LaBrose.

Smith’s career in the fire service began at the Valmead Fire Department over 40 years ago when he became a volunteer firefighter. In 1983 he joined the Lenoir Fire Department and in 1987 he began working with the Gamewell Fire Department as a volunteer.

“I had the privilege of working with Sam at the Lenoir Fire Department for several years. Sam was always dedicated to the fire department and had a heart for the people of this county,” the county commissioner said. of Caldwell, Robbie Wilkie.

During his career with Lenoir, Smith served as Firefighter II, Second Lieutenant, Lieutenant and Captain. He served as a public information officer for the fire department, a fire suppression captain, and a fire safety and life education captain.

“Smith taught in many departments and always studied and tried to maintain the history and traditions of the fire department,” said Gamewell Deputy Fire Chief Keith Owens.

A week after retiring from the Lenoir Fire Department, Smith began a second career at Caldwell County Schools as a teacher at Hibriten High School’s Fire Science Academy, a program he played a key role in development.

In his teacher biography for the Hibriten website, Smith wrote, “I love teaching and shaping the future firefighters of tomorrow. We have an excellent cadet corps made up of male and female students who have engaged in public service as career servants and volunteers.

David Colwell, Principal of Hibriten High School (retired) knew that Smith was the perfect candidate for the Academy of Fire Science.

“When I recruited Sam Smith to lead the implementation of the Caldwell County Schools Fire Academy at Hibriten High School ten years ago, I thought he would be an excellent teacher. In a very short time it exceeded my expectations. Sam was an exceptional teacher. He bonded with his students. He respected them. And they respected him,” Colwell said.

Smith instructed his students to do more than learn the science of fire. He also taught them service to their community. Fire science students often cleaned up the school campus after events and served as honor guards at home football games.

Smith shared his passion for fire science with his students. While at Hibriten, three students placed in the top five in the North Carolina SkillsUSA firefighting competition.

“Sam was a true teacher in its purest form, he loved passing on his passion to others who were also interested. Teaching is an art and Sam was an artist! said Derek Reeves, athletic director of Hibriten High School.

While serving the Lenoir Fire Department and in his career with Caldwell County Schools, Smith was an active member of the Gamewell Fire Department. At Gamewell, he served as a firefighter, officer, acting chief and chief.

“From his career with the Lenoir Fire Department, to establishing the Hibriten High School Fire Academy, to his volunteer service with the Gamewell Fire Department, and most recently accepting the position of Gamewell Fire Department Chief Sam was always ready to step up and lead. Sam was a true public servant. He will certainly be missed,” said Gamewell Fire Department Board Chairman Rusty Dellinger.

As Acting Chief and Chief, Smith sought ways to prepare the Gamewell Fire Department for the future.

“When he became acting chef, we discussed several times how to improve our service. During his short time as chief he made many changes to help us grow in the future,” said Gamewell Fire Department Board Member Brian Whittington.

Smith’s legacy goes far beyond the fire service. Smith’s family and his church were the most treasured parts of his life.

“His entire life has been dedicated to his family, his church and his community,” Dellinger said.

Smith’s friend, colleague and church member, Lenoir Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Kenny Nelson said: ‘Sam was willing to go without to ensure the needs of the others were satisfied. He was a special person for our church and meant so much to so many people. It’s hard to say how much he will be missed. »

Smith had an immense impact on countless lives, and he will be missed by many.

“He was a proud husband, father and grandfather. He taught us all about duty and sacrifice. About integrity. And he taught us about life. Sam enjoyed each of his many relationships with people. Sam Smith is a true American hero. And I’m proud and honored to call Sam my forever friend,” Colwell said.

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Fire at Wadia hospital as doctors ‘operate on Kid’; Crisis averted | Bombay News https://coltsneckfair.com/fire-at-wadia-hospital-as-doctors-operate-on-kid-crisis-averted-bombay-news/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 02:43:00 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/fire-at-wadia-hospital-as-doctors-operate-on-kid-crisis-averted-bombay-news/ Mumbai: A fire broke out at the Nowrosjee Wadia maternity ward in Parel around 7pm on Friday, after which eight fire engines, six tankers and an ambulance were dispatched to the site. No injuries were reported in the incident, but sources said just before the fire broke out, a team of medics began operating on […]]]>

Mumbai: A fire broke out at the Nowrosjee Wadia maternity ward in Parel around 7pm on Friday, after which eight fire engines, six tankers and an ambulance were dispatched to the site. No injuries were reported in the incident, but sources said just before the fire broke out, a team of medics began operating on a child in the first-floor operating theatre.
The fire started shortly after the child was opened for abdominal surgery, a source said, adding that upon hearing a loud noise, doctors closed the incision without wasting time and managed to lead the child away from danger. Some said two other children were in the waiting room inside the OT complex and would have been sedated soon as they were also due to undergo procedures. A quick response helped medical teams avoid any major crisis, the source said.
While firefighters confirmed that procedures were underway at the OT complex when the fire broke out, the hospital claimed otherwise. Firefighters said the fire occurred on the first floor of the hospital in the UPS room. The room is adjacent to an operating room, which caused smoke to enter.
Divisional Fire Officer DS patient said they were told surgery was in progress when the fire started. “However, doctors and hospital staff were extremely alert and ensured that patients were safely evacuated. We had to smash the windows in the operating room to make sure the smoke could escape because the room was airtight, as required by any hospital,” Patil said.
Fire chief Hemant Parab said the blaze led to the first and second floors clearing smoke. “The second floor has pediatrics intensive care where children were on ventilators, oxygen and also in incubators, and doctors and other staff got them out in time,” Parab said.
Patil said there were nearly 300 patients on the two floors of the hospital. The building’s fire-fighting system was operational. The fire was extinguished on all sides at 7:48 p.m. Hospital administration officials said no patients had been transferred out of the hospital and all were safe.

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One injured in shooting involving officer during attempted arrest in Fairfax County https://coltsneckfair.com/one-injured-in-shooting-involving-officer-during-attempted-arrest-in-fairfax-county/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 19:56:35 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/one-injured-in-shooting-involving-officer-during-attempted-arrest-in-fairfax-county/ A suspect has been hospitalized by an undercover detective in Maryland who was involved in a shooting involving an officer during a drug investigation in Fairfax County, officials said. Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis said undercover officers on patrol in the Arlington Boulevard and Patrick Henry Drive area of ​​the Mason Police District were […]]]>

A suspect has been hospitalized by an undercover detective in Maryland who was involved in a shooting involving an officer during a drug investigation in Fairfax County, officials said.

Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis said undercover officers on patrol in the Arlington Boulevard and Patrick Henry Drive area of ​​the Mason Police District were conducting a drug investigation when they identified suspects involved in the case.

The investigation, Davis said, led undercover narcotics officers to identify a group of people sitting in a car who were accused of allegedly illegally distributing drugs in the area, which they likely had reason to Stop.

When officers approached the vehicle, the suspects took off and jumped the curb before being locked up by members of the Fairfax Police Department.

As the suspects tried to flee, Davis said one of the undercover narcotics detectives discharged his firearm during the arrest effort to take him into custody.

The driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment and evaluation, police said. No officers or witnesses were injured in the incident.

“That’s all we have right now,” Davis added. “This is an active investigation and we plan to provide additional follow-up information.”

The officer who fired his weapon is now on administrative leave, per department requirements.

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California police rescue badly burned woman trapped in car fire https://coltsneckfair.com/california-police-rescue-badly-burned-woman-trapped-in-car-fire/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 19:46:57 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/california-police-rescue-badly-burned-woman-trapped-in-car-fire/ An unconscious woman trapped in a burning car that crashed into electrical wiring was rescued by officers patrolling the area, California officials said. The car had extensive front damage and was “in direct contact with exposed electrical wiring from the traffic control cabinet” on Gage Avenue on Saturday, July 30, the Bell Gardens Police Department […]]]>

An unconscious woman trapped in a burning car that crashed into electrical wiring was rescued by officers patrolling the area, California officials said.

The car had extensive front damage and was “in direct contact with exposed electrical wiring from the traffic control cabinet” on Gage Avenue on Saturday, July 30, the Bell Gardens Police Department said in a news release.

Officers discovered the dangerous scene just before 5 a.m. As they tried to get the 28-year-old woman out of the car, the engine compartment caught fire, police said. Within seconds, the fire escalated.

Officers used fire extinguishers to put out the blaze, while others struggled to get the woman out of the car “as smoke and fire entered the passenger compartment”, police said.

“Officers continued to free the driver as the fire worsened, after several minutes they were finally able to pull her to safety,” police said.

The woman, who had “severe leg burns,” was treated by Los Angeles County Fire Department and taken to hospital, police said.

Bell Gardens is about 20 km southeast of downtown Los Angeles.

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Police shooting reported in DC https://coltsneckfair.com/police-shooting-reported-in-dc/ Sun, 31 Jul 2022 00:51:00 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/police-shooting-reported-in-dc/ A gunman was shot and seriously injured by a DC police officer in northwest Washington on Saturday after a confrontation that followed a double shooting, police said. The man shot by police was unconscious after being injured shortly after 4 p.m. near Second and Madison Streets NW in the Brightwood Park neighborhood, police officials said. […]]]>

A gunman was shot and seriously injured by a DC police officer in northwest Washington on Saturday after a confrontation that followed a double shooting, police said.

The man shot by police was unconscious after being injured shortly after 4 p.m. near Second and Madison Streets NW in the Brightwood Park neighborhood, police officials said.

They said he was shot after holding a semi-automatic handgun – a weapon that fires a bullet with each pull of the trigger – and disregarded police orders. It was not clear if he had pointed the gun.

The incident came amid growing concern in the city about gun violence in general, and a spate of serious shootings since Wednesday in particular.

In the recent incidents, at least five people were killed and 16 injured, Deputy Police Chief Ashan M. Benedict said during a briefing at the scene of the shooting by the officer.

Saturday’s confrontation came just after police responded to reports of an exchange of fire between people in cars and on foot near Georgia Avenue and Longfellow Street, Benedict said.

The two people shot in that incident suffered injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, Benedict said.

The double shootings happened near the Kennedy Street NW corridor, where violent incidents in recent years have prompted calls for increased police protection.

Across the city, attacks such as those on Saturday occur more often after dark and in less crowded places.

After the two men were shot, witnesses reported seeing a white sedan with gunmen inside. Police followed a vehicle on Second and Madison streets, Benedict said.

He said one or more occupants fled, but a man “engaged” with police.

He said an officer shouted “gun, gun, gun” and gave orders.

The officer fired a single shot, Benedict said.

After being hit, the man was taken to hospital in critical condition.

The officer was not injured, Benedict said.

Benedict said police recovered a semi-automatic handgun with an extended clip that the injured man was carrying and three other firearms from the vehicle. One was a long gun, which police say may have had the ability to fire automatically – the continuous firing of bullets as long as the trigger is held.

Asked about the recent spike in gunfire in the city, Benedict said police were trying to determine if the shootings followed a pattern or could be linked.

“At the moment we are not sure,” he said.

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Ferndale officer charged with attempted child molestation https://coltsneckfair.com/ferndale-officer-charged-with-attempted-child-molestation/ Fri, 29 Jul 2022 13:25:05 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/ferndale-officer-charged-with-attempted-child-molestation/ BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A Ferndale police officer was charged Thursday with attempted child molestation. Michael Scott Langton, 46, was charged in Whatcom County Superior Court with one count of attempted second-degree child molestation, a felony. Langton made his first in-person appearance in court on Thursday, the Bellingham Herald reported. Senior Assistant District Attorney Ben […]]]>

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A Ferndale police officer was charged Thursday with attempted child molestation.

Michael Scott Langton, 46, was charged in Whatcom County Superior Court with one count of attempted second-degree child molestation, a felony. Langton made his first in-person appearance in court on Thursday, the Bellingham Herald reported.

Senior Assistant District Attorney Ben Pratt asked the court to set Langton’s bond at $100,000. Pratt said the amount of bail requested reflected the underlying allegations.

Pratt said law enforcement is searching Langton’s electronic devices and that additional charges or a request to change the amount of Langton’s bail may arise in the future.


Langton’s attorney, Emily Beschen, said he had been an upstanding citizen and law enforcement officer for nearly 20 years and had no criminal history and should therefore be released. Beschen said Langton owned his home in Blaine and would hand over his passport to ensure he reappeared in court.

Pratt also said there were allegations that once Langton became aware he was being furloughed, law enforcement saw Langton start a fire and burn documents. One of Langton’s phones seized by law enforcement was also factory reset before being seized, he said.

“We are concerned that there has been potential destruction of evidence,” Pratt said. “These two facts are of great concern to us.”

Langston’s bail was set at $40,000. An anti-harassment order was put in place between Langton and the victim’s mother and a sexual assault protection order was put in place for the minor child.

He also had to surrender his weapons to Bellingham police. Langton’s arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 5 if he is in custody, or Aug. 12 if he is not in custody.

Langton, who has been with the Ferndale Police Department since 2012, was arrested at his home on Tuesday and placed on paid administrative leave.

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Fire inspector’s report finds Norfolk inadequate on prevention https://coltsneckfair.com/fire-inspectors-report-finds-norfolk-inadequate-on-prevention/ Wed, 27 Jul 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/fire-inspectors-report-finds-norfolk-inadequate-on-prevention/ Published: 06:00 July 27, 2022 The Norfolk Fire Department was heavily criticized in an official inspection report for not doing enough to stop the fires from breaking out. The organization has been found to be “inadequate” when it comes to fire prevention, with inspectors calling failures to identify those at risk a “matter of concern”. […]]]>

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The Norfolk Fire Department was heavily criticized in an official inspection report for not doing enough to stop the fires from breaking out.

The organization has been found to be “inadequate” when it comes to fire prevention, with inspectors calling failures to identify those at risk a “matter of concern”.

The Inspection by Her Majesty’s Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Service found that 15 areas “requiring improvement” had not improved since the last inspection in 2019.

The Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) said the report shows more needs to be done, but some key areas are at a “good” level.


Firefighters are on scene to tackle the blaze
– Credit: Gavin Dudeney

The report comes just days after the NFRS declared a major incident, meaning there were not enough resources to meet demand as it dealt with 300 fires at the height of the heatwave in last week.

Inspectors carried out their investigation before the recent fires.

They praised the fire service for its ability to respond to fires and other emergencies, as well as its lessons learned from domestic incidents such as the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Other findings of the assessment include:

  • The service does not always conduct serious incident reviews following fatal fires, meaning there is no learning from the event

  • The department needs to do more to tackle bullying, harassment and discrimination – 16% of staff surveyed said they had experienced harassment and 15% experienced discrimination

  • Vulnerable people were not referred to other organizations that might be better able to care for them

  • Firefighters are not conducting “safe and well visits” or person-centered home fire hazard checks and no face-to-face activities have been conducted during the pandemic.

  • Culture and behaviors need to be improved to make staff feel valued

  • Operational performance ratings are ‘inconsistent’


Brancaster Aftermath

A burnt-out van that was destroyed in the blaze
– Credit: Chris Bishop

Inspector Roy Wilsher said: ‘I am concerned about the performance of the NFRS in protecting people from fire and other hazards.

“In particular, I have serious concerns about the way he is ensuring public safety through his prevention activity.”

The inspector added that he was “disappointed” that the service had not made more progress since the 2019 inspection.

Responding to the report, Acting Fire Chief Tim Edwards said: “We welcome the report and are pleased that four areas of our work have been recognized as good, two of which have improved since our last comprehensive inspection in 2019 and I am proud of the work our department has done over the past three years and continues to do every day.

“As a learning organization, we have already taken steps to improve some of the other areas highlighted in the report, since the inspectors’ visit last fall.


Tim Edwards

Tim Edwards, acting fire chief at the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service
– Credit: Norfolk County Council

“We are of course disappointed with some of the findings of the inspection and are committed to reducing risk and creating a safer Norfolk for all.”

Mr Edwards said some of the problems with fire prevention were due to the coronavirus pandemic, which forced attention to focus on the “broader response” in the county rather than organizational improvements.

“We deliberately reallocated resources during the pandemic, but because of that we didn’t do as much prevention work as we would have liked.”

Mr Edwards said vulnerable people were still being supported, but further work was needed to better identify where those in need are, with staff receiving training to help them.

On staff worried about bullying, the fire officer said he didn’t think the service had a specific problem but needed to better ensure staff knew how to behave and that it was clear that the problems would be solved.

The next steps will see an improvement plan presented to councilors in September, Mr Edwards pointed out, as services continue to make behind-the-scenes changes to better serve Norfolk.

What are the politicians saying?

Margaret Dewsbury, Norfolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Partnerships, said the authority was committed to supporting the improvements needed and had already taken steps to address some areas.


Margaret Dewsbury, Chair of Norfolk County Council's Communities Committee.  Photo: Sean Owen (Reflecti

Margaret Dewsbury, Chair of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee. Photo: Sean Owen (Reflective Arts)
– Credit: Sean Owen (Reflective Arts)

“We have committed additional resources to increase the number of staff within the prevention and protection services. I was pleased to see that improvements in certain areas were recognized, which shows the commitment of the team.

Labor leader Steve Morphew said last week’s fires show how vital the service is.


Steve Morphew, Norwich.  Photo: DENISE BRADLEY

Steve Morphew from Labor
– Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

He said: “The inadequate assessment of fire prevention is particularly shocking, but it is not the only critical area. The service has not only failed to improve, but has declined since the last inspection.

“It’s just not good enough, the County Hall Cabinet needs to acknowledge Norfolk’s failure.

“Firefighters are doing top-notch work but have been let down by the under-investment and political failure to provide the leadership needed to ensure we have the fire and rescue service we need.”

How was the service rated?

  • Efficiency – Needs Improvement (2019: Needs Improvement)

  • Understanding fires and other hazards – Good (needs improvement)

  • Prevention of fires and other risks – Insufficient (needs improvement)

  • Protection of the public by fire regulations – Good (requires improvement)

  • Fire and Other Emergency Response – Good (Good)

  • Respond to Major and Multi-Agency Incidents – Good (Good)

  • Efficiency – Needs improvement (Needs improvement)

  • Make the best use of resources – Needs improvement (Needs improvement)

  • Future affordability – Needs improvement (good)

  • People – Needs improvement (Needs improvement)

  • Promote good values ​​and culture – Needs improvement (Needs improvement)

  • Getting the right people with the right skills – Needs improvement (Good)

  • Ensuring Equity and Promoting Diversity – Needs Improvement (Needs Improvement)

  • Managing Performance and Developing Leaders – Needs Improvement (Needs Improvement)

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Firefighting in the city is expected to reach international standards https://coltsneckfair.com/firefighting-in-the-city-is-expected-to-reach-international-standards/ Mon, 25 Jul 2022 03:21:13 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/firefighting-in-the-city-is-expected-to-reach-international-standards/ Mumbai: The Maharashtra Department of Energy has recently issued a notice specifying international standards for the installation of fire escape lifts in buildings 70 meters and above (22 floors) in height. The notice is effective retroactively from July 20, 2022. An official from Maharashtra’s energy department, Uday Dambe, said international standards and procurement specifications for […]]]>

Mumbai: The Maharashtra Department of Energy has recently issued a notice specifying international standards for the installation of fire escape lifts in buildings 70 meters and above (22 floors) in height. The notice is effective retroactively from July 20, 2022.

An official from Maharashtra’s energy department, Uday Dambe, said international standards and procurement specifications for the installation of fire escape lifts had been incorporated by his department.

He said an international committee led by Hong Kong, London, Singapore, Taiwan and Chicago had specified how to install fire escape lifts and other aspects, and these had been adopted. .

In fact, such fire escape lifts have already been in place in several countries since 2004, Dambe said. The purpose of issuing a notice was primarily to bring it under the sway of regulation, he added.

The Mumbai Fire Department had, in 2018, issued a notification for the provision of a “firefighter evacuation lift” in buildings over 70 meters. However, the use of terms such as “firefighters’ evacuation lift” in the notification diluted the definition of “elevator”.

In the start-up certificate (CC) required by developers to start a project, words such as “mechanized ascent or descent device”, “controlled descent device” and “external evacuation system” were used, leaving developers the latitude not to obtain the necessary authorizations, licenses and valid certification from the Department of Energy. They could just get a no objection certificate (NOC) from the fire chief, the official said.

A developer must obtain authorization for elevators commonly installed in buildings and must submit an application online. It is only after inspection by the engineer that certification is given within 30 days. This was not the case in the 2018 notification.

“Now, with the advisory in place, this same procedure will now apply for the installation of fire evacuation lifts,” the official informed.

The notice states that several fire escape lifts have been installed in towers of 70 meters and above in the city of Mumbai and its suburbs.

However, these installations proved to be unsafe, not complying with design standards, construction and operating procedures and without having received the necessary approvals from the competent authorities concerned, thus triggering an alert and requiring an intervention in the installation of fire escape lifts currently and forcing them as part of a regulatory environment.

Mumbai Fire Chief Hemant Parab said developers should now have fire escape lifts certified by the relevant authority.

“Only after that will the fire NOCs be given. If a developer fails to do so, the building occupancy certificate (OC) authorization will also be affected, eventually,” he said. he informed.

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Two Alexandria Public Safety Professionals Earn Top Honors From Virginia American Legion https://coltsneckfair.com/two-alexandria-public-safety-professionals-earn-top-honors-from-virginia-american-legion/ Sat, 23 Jul 2022 12:38:40 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/two-alexandria-public-safety-professionals-earn-top-honors-from-virginia-american-legion/ Lt. Erin Mustian and Sergeant Cassandra Branch were named Virginia Firefighter/Paramedic of the Year and Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, respectively. (Photos: City of Alexandria) ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Legion Department of Virginia recently honored two veterans of the Alexandria Fire Department and the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office with state-level awards for outstanding service. […]]]>
Lt. Erin Mustian and Sergeant Cassandra Branch were named Virginia Firefighter/Paramedic of the Year and Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, respectively. (Photos: City of Alexandria)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Legion Department of Virginia recently honored two veterans of the Alexandria Fire Department and the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office with state-level awards for outstanding service. Lt. Erin Mustian and Sergeant Cassandra Branch were named Virginia Firefighter/Paramedic of the Year and Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, respectively. Frank Hillyard, the Virginia commander of the American Legion, presented the awards July 16 at the Hilton Washington Dulles during their annual convention.

Sheriff Sean Casey and several colleagues and family members of Sergeant Branch were present when she received her award. Fire Chief Corey Smedley was honored to accept Lt. Mustian’s award on his behalf.

Both honorees have distinguished themselves throughout their careers while providing guidance and training to those with whom they serve. Additionally, both are role models in the community and are active in youth outreach and public safety education efforts.

Since joining the sheriff’s office in 2004 as a deputy, Sergeant Branch has taken on specialized assignments and positions beyond her basic duties. These include being a Field Training Assistant, being a longtime member of the award-winning Honor Guard, and serving on the Sheriff’s Employee Advisory Committee, first as a member and eventually to become president in 2017. She also achieved elevations to Master Deputy before being promoted to sergeant earlier this year.

Sergeant Branch genuinely cares about others, whether they are members of the community, colleagues or those in our care. She has a degree in social work and has experience in crisis intervention and American Sign Language. She uses her skills to communicate effectively with people, especially those going through a difficult time.

Beyond his contributions to the sheriff’s office, Sergeant Branch has had a significant impact in the wider community. In her spare time, she is involved with organizations and programs that help those who are blind or visually impaired, helping behind the scenes and teaching exercise classes to those with vision loss.

Lt. Mustian began his career with the Alexandria Fire Department in 2011 as a firefighter and later transitioned to paramedic after successfully completing the Advanced Life Support (ALS) course and gaining the confidence of the Operational Medical Director (OMD ) of the department.

She was then assigned as a recruit school instructor and eagerly helped new recruits study and develop skills essential to their success. Even after being promoted to lieutenant in 2019, she mentored several firefighters to help them grow professionally. She also invested in her own growth, taking instructor courses and officer development courses for her own development and for the benefit of others.

Currently working as Acting Captain of EMS Training, her responsibilities include maintaining the certification of the department’s basic care and ALS providers, including scheduling required continuing education and sourcing instructors for each topic. In this role, she regularly participates on the department’s EMS Quality Management System committee and helps identify department training needs based on trends in patient care and documentation. She also focuses on keeping all EMS Instructors up to date in their certifications with high quality, hands-on training and she is also responsible for supervising the Lt. ALS Internship/SimLab Coordinator to ensure the development of new ALS providers.

Sheriff Casey and Chief Smedley thank Alexandria American Legion Post 24 for honoring both women with local awards earlier this year and nominating them for state-level awards.

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